In 1943, a Belorussian boy finds a rifle buried in the sand and unwittingly gets thrust into the Soviet Union’s battle against the German Nazi regime during World War II where he witnesses the horrors of battle.
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A complete and utter masterpiece. The greatest war/anti-war film ever made and one of the greatest in cinema history. Not content with such a place in history it's also the most beautifully filmed of all time. I never thought I could watch something that would make Wong Kar Wai's or Kurbrick's work look anything other than godly. This film has the power to change your life, the greatest compliment of the medium
Still powerful after all those years. I have seen it 20 years ago, and will await to review it again. The so-called films of today (the Von Trier, Kechiche, McQueen numbers) don't hold a candle to the power of films of the old.